Career Fairs

Successfully Attending a Career Fair

Undergraduate Fairfield U students talk to employers at one of the career fairs.‌Career Fairs are popular among job seekers and employers alike. They offer opportunities for individuals seeking employment, or in some cases internships, to meet with several employers. Employers are located in booths or at tables in a large auditorium or conference center. In order to meet with employers, candidates wait in line to speak briefly with employment representatives. Employers use this process to meet many candidates and identify individuals who will be invited for a more in depth interview.

The value of a career fair to a job seeker will vary depending upon the "match" between the qualifications being sought by employers and the background of a candidate. The types of positions that are being offered, reflect the current labor market, and will likely influence whether or not a job seeker will perceive a career fair as a worthwhile experience.

 

Guidelines for Success

  • Do your homework. Learn as much as you can about the employers who will attend and the positions which they are hoping to fill prior to the event. Check company websites and Vault.com.
  • A company's booth at a Fairfield career fair.‌Develop a prioritized list of targeted employers.
  • After you have visited your targeted employers, visit as many other employers as possible.
  • Bring 25 copies of your resume and a portfolio for taking notes and holding employer information.
  • Present yourself in a professional manner. While employers may consider you if you are dressed in business casual, professional attire gives you an edge.
  • Rehearse a brief introduction of your skills and qualifications to "hook" employers.
  • When an employer asks "What are you looking for?" let them know that you did your research and tell then of your interest in their company.
  • Request a business card from each employment representative with whom you meet and send a thank you note to each of these individuals.
  • Be aware that you will probably have to wait in line for a considerable period of time if you hope to meet with "popular" employers.
  • Maintain a positive, up-beat attitude throughout the event. Be polite to everyone you meet.
  • Go early - usually the slower time of a career fair is the first hour, so arrive early and employers will be able to give you more time.
  • Talk with other candidates. A job fair is a perfect opportunity to establish new networking contacts.

General Career Fairs

(Open to Fairfield University students only)

Spring 2018 Career & Internship Fair and
Non-Profit, Service & Graduate School Fair

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreational Complex



Organizations that participated in the Spring 2018 Career Fair

Ability Beyond
AXA Advisors, LLC
Barnum Financial Group
Bigelow Tea
BDO
Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries
CBS, A Xerox Company
CDW
Deloitte
Donald Hehir & Associates
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Epsilon

EY (Ernst & Young)
FDM Group
Foresters Financial Services
Grant Thornton
Goodwill of Western & Northern CT
Grant Thornton LLP
HamletHub
Indeed.com
Insight Global
Ipsos Marketing
Inspira Marketing
Kitchen Brains
KPMG LLP
Northwestern Mutual - Norwald
Northwestern Mutual - Stamford/Westport
Paycom

PivIT Consulting
Prosek Partners
PwC LLP
Rocaton Investment Advisors, LLC
Rocco & Associates Wealth Management, Inc.
RSM US LLP
SS&C Technologies
Subway
TEKsystems
The Children's Place
The Chef's Warehouse
TVEyes
U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Army Healthcare Recruiting
Vineyard Vines

 

Additional Career & Graduate School Fairs

Law School Fair

October 13, 2016
11:00pm - 2:00pm
Barone Campus Oak Center Room

 

Non-Profit, Service, and Graduate School Fair

November 3, 2016
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Barone Campus Center Oak Room



Organziations Participating in the Fall Non-Profit, Service and Graduate School Career Fair

American International College
Augustinian Volunteers
Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry
Boston College
Bryant University - Graduate School of Business
Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries
Connecticut Campus Compact
Echo, University of Notre Dame
Fairfield University Graduate Admission*
Fairfield University Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions
Gould Farm
International Institute of Connecticut
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
Lasallian Volunteers
Make-A-Wish CT
Mercy College
New Haven/Leon Sister City Project
Pace University
Passionist Volunteers International
PAVE New Haven (AmeriCorps VISTA Project)
Project Purple
Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT)
Public Allies Connecticut
Recovery Network of Programs, Inc.
Rostro de Cristo
RSHM Volunteer Program
Sacred Heart University
Save The Children
Simply Smiles
St. Joseph Worker Brentwood Volunteer Program
Teach For America
The Discovery Museum
The Greenwich Country Day School
The Starfish Foundation, Inc.
University of Bridgeport
VolunteerSquare.com
Western New England University School of Law
Yap Catholic High School

 

Nursing Meet and Greet

October 25, 2016
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Alloysius P. Kelley Center Presentation Room

Regional Career Fairs Open to the Public

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